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Title:The Last Opium Den
Authors:Nick Tosches
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2002), Hardcover, 72 pages
Collections:Your library, Completed, Drugs/Alcohol
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I loved this book! This short little essay was phenomenal! Nick Tosches wondered what happened to the opium trade and opium debts so he went off to Asia in search for any remaining traces of it. There was literally none, none to be found in the United States so Nick decided to try his luck elsewhere. His life goal was to try opium, and not just to try it, but smoke it, in an opium den with brocade hangings and buxom women. He soon discovers that he may have dreamed a little too big because opium is mainly used for heroin, and the smokers of old are slowly dying off.

This 74 page book is amazingly informative, funny, and intriguing. I definitely plan on reading more books from Mr. Tosches. ( )
  ecataldi | Feb 26, 2014 |
You really can't go wrong with a Nick Tosches book can you?

This one is no exception. The author decides he is destined to smoke opium. In an opium den. This brings the author to the back alleys and shanties of places long forgotten by the steamroller of "progress".

The simple story is the author goes to great lengths to meet his destiny in the opium den. The other side of the tale the author presents is the rampant commercialization and loss of uniqueness that our modern life and culture have bestowed upon us. The author travels to Southeast Asia in search of opium, and at one point is recommended to check out the new coffee place...Starbucks.

Super quick read,no reason not to. ( )
  Melkor81205 | Dec 27, 2012 |
A decision to search for what one longs to find. Experience an oddity, this book, which stands by itself as unique. Long distant travels reveal a world unknown to most of us.
This educated author spares no words of seldom usages and intrigues us with his wondering wanderings. Make this search and you’ll be glad you also found The Last Opium Den. Franque ( )
  franque23 | Mar 4, 2009 |
This is one of four newish books I recently read mostly so I could finally get them off my queue list, all of which were actually pretty good but are mere wisps of manuscripts, none of them over 150 pages or so in length. And indeed, Nick Tosches' The Last Opium Den was first published as a simple magazine article in Vanity Fair -- it was the edgy and controversial author's attempt at the turn of the millennium to see if there were any honest-to-God opium dens left on this planet, done up right with the seedy beds and the dressed-up Asian women holding giant long pipes and the whole bit, maybe out in the middle of the jungle in Cambodia or wherever. Of course, this being Tosches, the slim story is actually about a lot more than that as well; it's about the cannibalization of global culture, the proliferation of squeaky-clean Euro/Americans into every corner of the world, and incidentally why heroin was created in the first place, as basically a portable form of self-administered opium that precisely didn't need an entire seedy den full of soiled mattresses and dressed-up Asian girls holding giant long pipes. It's only an hour or two of reading, but it's a dense and enjoyable read, something to borrow from a friend or pick up at the library. ( )
  jasonpettus | May 3, 2008 |
This is one of those fantastic little books I find from time to time. It reminds me that if you can't say it in less than 250 words, it probably doesn't need to be said.

In this book, Tosches trucks all over the globe looking for the opium den of the title. A powerful story of self-destruction. ( )
  clothingoptional | Feb 27, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158234227X, Hardcover)

Nick Tosches trades civilization and its discontents for the possibility of one moment of pure bliss.

Driven by romantic, spiritual, and medicinal imperatives, Nick Tosches goes in search of something everyone tells him no longer exists: an opium den. From Europe to Hong Kong to Thailand to Cambodia, he hunts the Big Smoke, bewildered by its elusiveness and, despite the meaning it continues to evoke as a cultural touchstone, its alleged extinction. Weaving his spiritual and hallucinogenic quests together with inimitable, razor-sharp prose, Tosches's trip becomes a deeper meditation on what true fulfillment is and why no one bothers to look for it any more.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:05:30 -0400)

"Nick Tosches trades civilization and its discontents for the possibility of one moment of pure bliss." "Driven by romantic, spiritual, and medicinal imperatives, Nick Tosches goes in search of something everyone tells him no longer exists: an opium den. From Europe to Hong Kong to Thailand to Cambodia, he hunts the Big Smoke, bewildered by its elusiveness and, despite the meaning it continues to evoke as a cultural touchstone, its alleged extinction. Weaving his spiritual and hallucinogenic quests together with inimitable, razor-sharp prose, Tosches's trip becomes a deeper meditation on what true fulfillment is and why no one bothers to look for it any more."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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